I'm not going to divulge why I need to make this soup. In fact I tend to be suspicious of other people's confessions, the motives behind them, so I also suspect the motive for my own.
Even confessions that make it to the printed page sometimes wobble along a a narrow line between confession and exhibitionism. Confessions don't always make for reparation. Sometimes they're just attention seekers. Sometimes they just make the confessor feel better.
There's a strong argument, on a lot of occasions, for staying quiet, zipping it, putting a lid on it, keeping it to ourselves. This is one of them.
Why does this make a good forgiveness soup? Both as an offering and a receiving? Because it's simple. It's straightforward. It's warming. It has a texture that comforts you whatever side of the forgiveness model you happen to be sitting on. Or waving from, if the event was truly divisive.
You'll feel better after a bowl of this though.
3 leeks, sliced, and 3 carrotts, sliced, sauteed in a little olive oil.
Add: 1 litre of vegetable stock
grind together quarter tsp chilli flakes, half tsp cumin seeds, quarter tsp coriander seeds and add to pot
salt and pepper to taste (I used garlic pepper)
Add 250 gr split red lentils (having boiled them rapidly for 10 minutes spooned off any froth)
Cook until the lentils have softened. Keep an eye on it and add more stock for the required consistency.
Add some fresh pulled ham-hock (courtesy of Waitrose). Warm through.
Add some chopped parsley to serve.
Hungry Writing Prompt
Write about a time when you were in need of forgiveness.